Bonniconlon

Bonniconlon, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland

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Nestling in the shadows of the Ox Mountains on the Mayo / Sligo border, Bonniconlon is a picturesque rural village on the R294 regional road, some 5 miles east of the prosperous town of Ballina. Bonniconlon has many attractions and the area is known for its wild beauty and its historical and archaeological interests.

For an interesting, healthy and relaxed holiday, Bonniconlon is a must. The village is approx 40 minutes drive from Ireland West Airport Knock. A peaceful location, and an ideal base for hillwalking, fishing, golfing and touring the Northwest with Céide Fields, Foxford Woollen Mills, Knock Shrine, Yeats County Sligo, Donegal, Tír Saile and the North Mayo Family History Centre, Crossmolina.

Bonniconlon Agricultural Show

Bonniconlon has a vibrant community spirit and although the local population is relatively small, each year the village hosts the largest Agricultural Show west of the River Shannon. The annual Bonniconlon Agricultural Show & Gymkhana, first established in 1949, takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Attracting an estimated 30,000 people each year from all over Ireland and beyond, it is a traditional family day out, offering something of interest to all ages. It is reputed to be one of the most successful and well-attended shows in the country. Since 2008 new showgrounds have resulted in the provision of 200 acres to facilitate the ever-growing number of show entries, exhibitors and other attractions.

Hill Walking

The Ox Mountains afford the visitor an opportunity for superb hillwalking and the Western Way, near Lough Talt on the Tubbercurry Road, is a very interesting walk.

Fishing

A few miles south of Bonniconlon lie Loughs Brolly, Carrow, Kerribly and Cartoon. All are noted for their stocks of trout and pike.

Five miles east of Bonniconlon on the Tubbercurry road is the picturesque Lought Talt, a haven for any fisherman. Here you will find an abundant stock of brown trout.

Other fishing close at hand:

  • Deep sea fishing on Killala Bay from Enniscrone Pier and Killala Pier
  • Salmon and Sea trout on (Jack Charlton's) River Moy
  • Ridge Pool - Salmon
  • Salmon and brown trout on Lough Conn

Golfing

Magnificent challenging golf on any of the following courses:

  • Enniscrone
  • Ballina
  • Rosses Point
  • Tubbercurry

Fr Patrick Peyton - Rosary Priest

Fr Patrick Peyton, known the world over as the 'Rosary Priest' was born in nearby Attymass in 1909 and died in the USA in 1992. As a child, while living with relatives, he attended Bonniconlon School for a period and was an altar boy in the local church during that time. The Fr Peyton Centre was built in his honour and is located in Attymass near Bonniconlon.

Antiquities

There are many antiquities in the Bonniconlon area including Standing Stones at Lisardmore, Carracram, Carrareagh and a fine Gallery Grove can be viewed in Carracram.

Archaeological

Of great interest to many visitors is the Bronze Age Farmstead in Glenree which has been preserved for the past 4000 years under the bog, a remarkable landmark well worth visiting.

Distance from Bonniconlon

Bonniconlon is the ideal place to relax in a peaceful, quite and naturally rugged haven and is only a few hours drive from most major centres. If you want a clean environment free from all pollutants including noise you'll love Bonniconlon.

  • Ballina - 6 miles
  • Ireland West Airport Knock - 38 miles
  • Dublin - 163 miles
  • Galway - 78 miles
  • Belfast - 158 miles
  • Cork - 198 miles
  • Limerick - 132 miles
  • Rosslare - 216 miles
  • Sligo Airport - 35 miles